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Sunday 19th July 2015 saw a window in the weather bringing bright sunshine and breezy conditions to St Luke’s Park making it ideal for a Seaside Extravaganza, the third and biggest we have held at the Spike. This event is effectively Charlotteville and the surrounding community’s annual fete plus a little bit more! There aren’t many village fetes where you can ride a donkey, go down a giant inflatable slide and then be entertained by Punch and Judy.
The event ran from 14:00 to 18:00 and was very well attended by many local people as well as a few visitors from afar. Refreshments available included Tea and cakes in the cafe, Hogs Back Tea in the bar and ice cream and candy floss outside.
Many stall holders took part including the Spike WI who had an extensive range of products on sale, many home made. A tom bola, paint the duck and build a sand castle were among the many activities available on the stalls.
For the skilful there was a buzz wire, for the strong a High Striker and for the quick of limb Splat the Rat. A coconut shy, tarot reader and an art exhibition by NPG Award winning artist Nathalie Beauvillain Scott meant that there was something for everyone.
Food was plentiful in the form of sausages and burgers supplied by Ray Rowley and cooked with love an care by Charlie and Jonathan. A Ray Rowley burger washed down with lashings of Hogs Back TEA served by Neil and Zoe is highly recommended and a must if you come to our next Extravaganza! Pudding was a choice of ice cream or candy floss -
We are very lucky to know so many musicians and so the live music stage was easy to fill. John Kelly, one of the Spike volunteers came a long with the Rockin’ Crescendos and hammered out Rock ‘n Roll favourites with some gusto. Thanks go to Andy Bustin who is always willing to help us with events for just a few pints of beer. This time he brought with him the fantastic uke band the String Bandits who played some very summery numbers that were totally appropriate given the fantastic weather. These two bands together with the lovely Emily Windham and Dan De Krester meant we had a full line up for the music stage.
The Trust would like to give a big thank you to David Petersen and the Down ‘n Out Players for arranging the event this year and for the help of the many volunteers that made this day so special and one that we will remember for a long time.
Why not take a look at the photographs of the day -
|A Village in a Town|
|2015 Burns Night|
|2015 Race Entrants|
|2014 Burns Night|
|2012/13 New Year|
|2013 Burns Night|
|2012 Music Hall|
|2012 Pancake Day|
|2012 Setting Up for the Jubilee|
|2012 Jubilee Decorations|
|2012 Jubilee Procession|
|2012 Jubilee Party|
|2012 Jubilee Sport|
|2012 Jubilee Entertainment|
|2012 Ruby's Jubilee|
|2011 Dickensian Supper|
|2011 Murder Mystery|
|2011 Pancake Day|